New Jersey-3rd of original 13
Dec. 18, 1787
Italian Giovanni da Verrazano, in 1524, was the first European to explore the area we know today as New Jersey. One of the original 13 states (it joined the Union in 1787), it was named after the island of Jersey in the English Channel. New Jersey is referred to as the "Garden State" because of its fertile farmland. General George Washington won a key Revolutionary War battle at Trenton when he crossed the Delaware River from Pennsylvania and surprised the Hessian soldiers stationed there. Trenton is the state capital, and the flower is the purple violet. Atlantic City, a resort town and home to the Miss America pageant, attracts visitors from around the world.
New Jersy Facts and Trivia
New Jersey has the highest population density in the U.S. An average 1,030 people per sq. mi., which is 13 times the national average.
New Jersey has the highest percent urban population in the U.S. with about 90% of the people living in an urban area.
In November of 1914, the New York Tribune, cooperating with Mr. Bertram Chapman Mayo (founder of Beachwood) issued an "Extra" announcing: "Subscribe to the New York Tribune and secure a lot at Beautiful Beachwood. Act at once, secure your lot in this Summer Paradise now!" This was the greatest premium offered by a newspaper - nothing equal to it was ever attempted in the United States.
New Jersey is the only state where all its counties are classified as metropolitan areas.
North Jersey is the car theft capital of the world, with more cars stolen in Newark then any other city. Even the 2 largest cities, NYC and LA put together.
New Jersey has the most dense system of highways and railroads in the U.S.
Picturesque Cape May holds the distinction of being the oldest seashore resort in the United States and one of the most unique.
New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the diner capital of the world.
North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world with seven major shopping malls in a 25 sq. mile radius.
Passaic river was the site to the first submarine ride by inventor John P. Holland.
New Jersey has over 50 resort cities and towns, some of the nations most famous, Asbury park, Wildwood, Atlantic City, Seaside heights, Cape May.
New Jersey is a leading industrial state and is the largest chemical producing state in the nation.
New Jersey is a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the U.S. located in Elizabeth.
The light bulb, phonograph (record player), motion picture projector were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park laboratory.
Atlantic City is where the street names came from for the game monopoly
Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world.
New Jersey has the largest petroleum containment area outside of the Middle East countries.
The first Indian reservation was in New Jersey.
New Jersey has the tallest water tower in the world.
The first baseball game was played in Hoboken.
The first intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick, in 1869. Rutgers College played Princeton. Rutgers won.
The first Drive-In Movie theatre was opened in Camden.
New Jersey has 108 toxic waste dumps. Which is the most in any one state in the nation.
New Jersey has a spoon museum featuring over 5,400 spoons from every state and almost every country.
Tourism is the second-largest industry in New Jersey.